January 27, 2017
Beaufort, NC – (January 27, 2017) – Two residents of Carteret County have been charged following the discovery of a meth lab located at 599 Roberts Road, Lot 3 Newport, NC and for their connection to additional meth labs discovered in Carteret County over the last six weeks.
On January 17, 2017, Carteret County deputies and Newport Police officers responded to 599 Roberts Road, Lot 3 Newport, NC for possible activities related to a methamphetamine lab. When arriving at the residence, law enforcement spotted what they believed to be precursor materials used for the production of methamphetamine. Upon discovery, Carteret County detectives were dispatched to the scene along with Atlantic Beach Police detective, certified clan lab officer, Lt. Brian Prior.
Due to the chemicals associated with a meth lab, an elderly handicapped woman who resides at the residence was removed from the home. A plastic bottle with tubing coming from the cap was located on the rear porch of the residence and smoke from the chemical reaction in the bottle leaked into the air with the wind. When it was determined the meth lab was active, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Clan Lab Unit was immediately notified to assist in the investigation. Carteret County detectives obtained a search warrant containing a destruction order that was signed by a Superior Court Judge and numerous materials used to manufacture methamphetamine in the residence were seized as part of the investigation. The meth lab was rendered safe by the NCSBI Clan Lab Unit who are trained to handle hazardous waste and was properly disposed of.
Carteret County detectives interviewed two suspects that were at the residence prior to the dispatched call. After a lengthy investigation, it was discovered that the suspects in this case were directly linked to the Roberts Road meth lab and additional meth labs that were discovered in Carteret County over the span of the last six weeks. The most notable meth lab discovered was on December 29, 2016 in a restroom of the Crystal Coast Visitor Center located in Morehead City which resulted in a fire.
The third meth lab connected to the suspects, located a short distance off the road side of Hardesty Loop Road in Newport, was discovered on December 19, 2016. The meth lab was concealed in a gym bag.
Charged for these incidents were 28-year-old Jordan Ashley Piner, 1635 Highway 101, Beaufort, NC, and 25-year-old Rhianna Nichole Day of Newport, NC. Piner is charged with three counts each of manufacturing of methamphetamine and possession and distribution of methamphetamine precursors in relation to the three meth lab locations. Day is charged with two counts each of manufacturing of methamphetamine and possession and distribution of methamphetamine precursors in relation to only the Newport locations.
Piner is currently in the Carteret County Detention Center under a secured bond of $75,000. His first court appearance was on Thursday January 26, 2017. Law enforcement officials are actively searching for Day who remains wanted. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Day, please contact your local law enforcement agency.
The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, Morehead City Police Department, Atlantic Beach Police Department, Newport Police Department and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Clan Lab Unit participated in this investigation.